Student earns top score on SAT Snapshot: Bryan Reinholt

Posted: December 15, 2002

BENSALEM — One thing at a time.

That's how high school senior Bryan Reinholt manages his Advanced Placement courses, homework, forensics-team duties, volleyball and basketball commitments, community-service work, and weekend job.

That also was his mantra when he sat down in October to take the College Board's SAT.

His focus and organizational skills - not to mention smarts - paid off.

Reinholt earned the top score of 1600 on the test.

Poised and well-spoken during an interview at Holy Ghost Preparatory School, Reinholt said he didn't want to repeat his mistakes from last year's test, when he scored 1540 - 800 in verbal and 740 in math.

He decided to take the test a second time after a guidance counselor told him that colleges wanted to see consistency.

"To show them it wasn't a fluke," the Lower Makefield resident said.

Reinholt described his 1600 score as a nice surprise and neat, and he joked that he should come up with better adjectives.

Of the 1.3 million high school seniors who took the test last year, only 616 (27 in Pennsylvania) earned the top score, according to the latest College Board statistics. One of them was another Holy Ghost student, Adam Rauchut of Langhorne. During the 1998-99 school year, Holy Ghost had two students who scored 1600.

Principal Paul Pomeroy said the school does not offer SAT preparation courses during the academic year.

"Our program is broad enough and deep enough to support this type of testing," he said.

Sixteen of the 107 students in this year's senior class at Holy Ghost have achieved a score of 1400 or better.

"The message is simple," Pomeroy said. "It's OK to be good, to strive to be the best, no matter what your ability level.

"That message is not always clear in society today. This is just a personal opinion. I think society underrates our young people. Sometimes, we allow them to settle into mediocrity."

Pomeroy, who said Reinholt was getting an A in the AP physics class that he teaches, described the clean-cut youth as intuitive, articulate and patient.

The National Merit semifinalist is taking five AP courses this year. He completed five AP courses last year.

Although he prepared for the first SAT with summer tutoring, he merely did a quick review before the second test.

Much of Reinholt's after-school time is spent with the forensics team. The team's director, Tony Figliola, said Reinholt was one of the best in the nation in extemporaneous speaking, in which students have 30 minutes to prepare a seven-minute speech.

Reinholt was one of 15 students invited to Nashville for a national tournament next month. He is the 2002 state champion in impromptu speaking, in which students have seven minutes to prepare and deliver a five-minute speech.

His proudest moment, he said, was being named a semifinalist in extemporaneous speaking at the National Catholic League championships as a junior. About 300 competed, and he ranked in the top 12.

Reinholt shares his public-speaking skills with elementary school students at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Feasterville. He founded and advises the young team, which placed second in a Philadelphia-area tournament during its first year.

Reinholt is the oldest of three boys. Andrew is a sophomore at Holy Ghost, and Kevyn is an eighth grader at St. Andrew School in Newtown. His father, Art, is an optometrist with a practice in Yardley. His mother, Denise, is director of nursing for the Holy Redeemer Visiting Nurse Agency in Philadelphia.

Reinholt said he would like to double major in computer science and business. He has applied to eight colleges, and he counted Harvard, Princeton, MIT and the University of Pennsylvania among his top four choices.

One of the secrets to his success, he said, was eating a good breakfast before test time. His favorite: bacon and eggs prepared by his father.

Women of Achievement

The March of Dimes, Southeast Pennsylvania division, has recognized three Bucks County Women of Achievement: Carol Mignoni Ferguson of Bristol Borough as business honoree; Martha Miller of Bristol Township, health honoree; and Sandra Miller of Lower Makefield, public-service honoree. The annual award ceremony was conducted earlier this month.

Ferguson, who works at the family business Mignoni Jewelry in Bristol, was the first female president of the Bristol Borough Business Association. She is a trustee of Bucks County Community College and a founding director of the Bristol Riverside Theatre. Ferguson was named Bristol Lions Club Citizen of the Year in 2001. She was a teacher for 25 years at Warren Snyder Elementary School, now Snyder-Girotti Elementary School, in Bristol Borough.

Martha Miller, a retired nutrition-education adviser, was recognized for her long-standing drug-prevention efforts in Bristol Township. She founded No Longer Bound, a community-action group, and started a soup kitchen and Steps for Success program.

Sandra Miller has been on the Bucks County Board of Commissioners since 1991. Previously, she was the first woman to serve on the Middletown Township zoning-hearing board. She also was the first graduate of Bucks County Community College to serve on its board of trustees.

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Age: 17

Most proud of . . .: "My forensics achievement. . . . I've found some things do come easy, but forensics took a lot of work. I had some talent, but it's something I had to develop."

Favorite book:

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. "It provided

an interesting way

to observe how people react to different situations and how society evolved."

Ultimate goal:

"To do well in college

and beyond."

Community/Public Service

2003 Entertainment Books Save money on area restaurants, travel, merchandise, etc. Warminster Parks & Recreation, 1101 Little Ln, Warminster; 215-443-5428. $25. Mons-Fris 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Angel Tree Tree decorated with angels representing children who need kindness of stranger to make their holiday special; gift donations accepted. Ambler Main Street sponsors. Ambler Savings, Butler & Lindenwold Aves, Ambler; 215-641-1070. ; Gift donations accepted to Fri.

Bob Hope Memorial Service Center & DAV 117-PA 215-943-7771. In need of working wheelchairs for veterans & disabled individuals in area.

Closet to Closet Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce accepting donations of nearly new clothing for single mothers, women in job-training programs & those trying to re-enter the workplace. 215-536-3211. Boutique Tana Kaya, 308 W Broad St, Quakertown. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mons & Tues; 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Weds-Fris; noon-5 p.m. Sats. Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, 2170 Portzer Rd, Quakertown. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mons-Fris

Entertainment Books Perkiomen Valley Friends & Neighbors sells books which include discounts on restaurants, stores, services. 610-631-0575. $25.

Holiday Gifts Bucks County SMART START seeking contributions toward gift certificates at Babies R Us & Toys R Us for needy families. 215-781-3202.

Holiday Kobasa & Pierogie Sale Kobasa can be purchased with nut, apricot, prune or poppyseed fillings. Pierogies have potato & cheese filling. Orders taken through Mon. Presentation of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1564 Allentown Rd, Lansdale; 215-368-3993. Pick up 2-6 p.m. 12/18.

Lenses On Linvilla Photographers of all skill levels & ages can submit photos for winter season 12/2-2/28. Linvilla Orchards, 137 W Knowlton Rd, Media; 610-876-7116.

Lutheran Children & Family Service Planning reunion of former youth, staff & foster parents from Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program in celebration of organization's 80th anniversary. Golden City Restaurant, Rte 309, Lansdale; 215-881-6800 ext 222. 1-5:30 p.m. 3/8/2003.

Neshaminy Manor Call for artists for Arts for the Manor Program; participants provide weekly art class for residents. 1660 Easton Rd, Warrington; 215-862-3396.

*FREE* Outreach Counseling Laural House offers counseling services to women & children coping with or surviving domestic violence. 800-642-3150.

Snowflake Art Competition Of the New Hope-Lambertville Annual Winter Festival seeks entrants. Schools, social groups & professionals are welcome to participate. Judged in four categories: Historical/Outstanding character, Traditional Snowperson, Extraordinary Free Form & Team entry. 215-862-2974 Call for entry specifications. Entry deadline 1/20/2003.

Social Security Q&A Hosted by Suburban Community Bank at two branches. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon, 195 E Butler Ave, Chalfont. 215-996-1633. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 12/16, 40 E Street Rd, Feasterville. 215-354-0330.

Suicide Prevention Montgomery County Emergency Service provides counseling, suicide hotline, mobile crisis service, behavioral health ambulance, short-term inpatient care. MCES, 50 Beech Dr, Norristown; 610-279-6100.

Volunteer Calls

Academy of Natural Sciences Seeks volunteers to be guides on upcoming exhibit, "Reptiles, The Beautiful & the Deadly." 19th St & the Parkway; 215-299-1029.

American Red Cross Lower Bucks County Chapter seeks volunteers to help with local blood drives. American Red Cross/Lower Bucks, 1909 New Rodgers Rd, Levittown; 215-946-4870 ext 103.

Churchville Nature Center Seeks volunteers to help with special events, children's activities, clerical & support work, educational & outdoor programs, grounds maintenance, etc. 501 Churchville Ln, Churchville; 215-357-4005.

Hospice Volunteers Holy Redeemer Health System seeks volunteers. Ongoing training programs provided. Holy Redeemer Home Health & Hospice Services Northeast Office, 12265 Townsend Rd; 215-698-3737.

Senior Adult Activity Center of Montgomery County Drivers for Meals on Wheels programs at three county locations. 536 George St, Norristown; 610-275-1960. Forrest Ave, Ambler; 215-619-8863. 00 Edgehill Rd, Glenside; 215-885-7650.

Tabor Services Inc Seeks donations of nonperishable food items, frozen turkeys, hams and new holiday gifts for its annual Holiday Food & Gift Collection. 215-348-4071, ext 221. Donations can be delivered to 601 New Britain Rd, Doylestown or 57 E Armat St, Philadelphia.

Women's Association for Women's Alternatives seeks individuals, community groups organizations, businesses & faith communities to sponsor families for their annual Holiday Party. 610-543-5022.

Religion Calendar

Congregation Or Ami 708 Ridge Pk, Lafayette Hill; 610-828-9066.

Entheos Ministries Celebrate with music & fellowship. Ritz East Theater, 100 block of Sansom St; 610-265-2367. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Suns.

First Baptist of Oakeola 600 Oak Ln, Glenolden; 610-583-5277.

Jewish Outreach Partnership of Greater Philadelphia Seeking 20 families in Montgomery County to participate in Our Jewish Home, a Jewish education program for families with children ages 3-6. 215-635-2877.

Kehilat HaNahar 85 W Mechanic St, New Hope; 215-862-1912. "Foods of the Diaspora," 4-part series combining lectures & food tasting. $50. 7 p.m. today, 2/9, 3/23 & 4/20. Registration required.

*FREE* The Lincow Intitute for Adult Jewish Studies 971 Old York Rd, Abington; 215-886-8000. Discussion exploring the history of the conflict between Israelis & Palestinians, "Time for a New Paradigm," led by Susan Myers. 7 p.m. Tue..

*FREE* Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel Old York Rd & Townsihp Line Rds, Elkins Park; 215-887-2027.

Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown 610 Summit Ave, Jenkintown; 215-884-7664.

St. John's United Church of Christ 500 W Main St, Lansdale; 215-855-5489.

*FREE* Temple Brith Achim 481 S Gulf Rd, King of Prussia; 610-337-2222.

Temple Judea of Bucks County 300 Swamp Rd, Doylestown; 215-348-5022. Klezmer concert with Israeli dancing & refreshments. $15 per family, $5 per person. 3-5 p.m. today.

Temple-Beth Am 971 Old York Rd, Abington; 215-886-8000.

*FREE* The Rabbi's Class Exploration of Jewish practice, tradition & beliefs. Temple Sinai, 1401 N Limekiln Pike, Dresher; 215-643-6510. 9:15-10:15 a.m. Thus. No registration necessary.

Trinity United Presbyterian Church 360 N Oak Ave, Clifton Heights; 610-626-3143. Longest Night worship service, open to all. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Christmas Eve Family worship with music & fun, designed for families with young children. 6 p.m. 12/24.

*FREE* Won Institue of Graduate Studies 137 S Easton Rd, Glenside; 215-884-8942.

Temple Brith Achim 481 S Gulf Rd, King of Prussia; 610-337-2222.


Advocates for the Jewish Mentally Ill Belmont Center, 4200 Monument Rd; 215-663-0989. 7:30 P.M. 4th Mon of month.

Book Discussion Yardley-Langhorne-Newtown Great Books group meets at private residence. 215-891-9607. 7:30 p.m. alternate Weds.

Photography/Cheltenham Cheltenham Camera Club meets. Rowland Community Center, Myrtle & Elm Aves, Cheltenham; 215-886-2524. Meetings free; dues $30. 7:30 p.m. Generally meets 2d & 4th Mons of month

Simplicity Circle Group meets to discuss decreasing damage to the environment by getting out of the "consumerism loop." Audubon Visitor Center, 2877 Creamery Rd, Solebury; 215-297-5880. Meets 2 Weds per month.

Women Investors Free Spirit Investment Club for women. Kelly's Insurance, 212 W Main St, Collegeville; 610-705-3681 7:30 p.m. 3d Tue of month.

Seminars, Workshops & Classes

American Sign Language Beginner class. Montgomery County Community College (West Campus), 101 College Dr, Pottstown; 610-718-1861. $120. 9 a.m.-noon Sats Sat-12/21. Registration required.

Church & State Charles M. Swezey, professor of Christian ethics at Union Theological Seminary, discusses First Amendment issues. Grace Presbyterian Church, 444 Old York Rd, Jenkintown; 215-887-6117.

Computer Classes Computer classes for community youth & adults. West-End Computer Lab, 535 Haws Ave, Norristown; 610-279-3990. $20 multi-week courses; $10 1-day workshops. Morning & evening classes. Registration required.

*FREE* Computer Classes 10-week class for out-of-work veterans from throughout Tri-State area. Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center, 213-217 N 4th St; 215-923-2600. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 4 days per week starting 1/22; runs through March.

Craft Workshops Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd, Media; 610-566-9134. Holiday Wreath & Centerpiece Workshop. $25; $18 members. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 7-9 p.m. Mon. Registration required.

Doylestown School of Music 263 N Main St, Doylestown; 215-340-0644. Offers courses in music, art, acting, modeling & photography. Various times/days/prices.

Holiday Workshops Green Lane Nature Center, Rte 29, Green Lane; 215-234-8497.

Horticulture Classes Morris Arboretum, 100 Northwestern Ave; 215-247-5777 ext 125. Registration required.

Parenting Center at Abington 1130 Old York Rd, Abington; 215-576-0586. Play 'N Share; weekly discussion group for parents of infants & toddlers. $5. 10-11:30 a.m. Fris. Registration required.

Penn State Abington Woodland Bldg, lecture hall 112, 1600 Woodland Rd, Abington; 215-881-7368. "An Afternoon with the Arts": opera lecture series; performance follows. $8 each; $35 series. 2:30 p.m. select Suns through 3/30.

Play 'N Share Weekly discussion group for parents of infants & toddlers. Parenting Center at Abington, 1130 Old York Rd, Abington; 215-576-0586. $5. 10-11:30 a.m. Fris.

Warminster Parks & Recreation 1101 Little Lane, Warminster; 215-443-5428. Offers fitness & sports programs, classes, recreational programs, trips, etc.

Wissahickon Community Parenting Center 215-619-8100 ext 2003. Parenting workshops. Registration required.

*FREE* World War II Discussion by Leonard Streitfeld 8th Airforce, 398th Bomb Group & 600th Bomb Squadron, author of Hell From Heaven - Memoirs of a B-17 Bombardier. Abington Twp Public Library, Old York Rd, Abington; 215-885-5180 ext 15. 3 & 7 p.m. Tue. Reservation suggested.


Upper Dublin Twp Department of Parks & Rec 215-643-1600 ext 3443. Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show. $91. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 12/28.

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